HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Coosa over Armuchee, 9-1.
Darlington loses to Bowdon, 5-4.
Chattooga tops Gordon Central,17-1.
Model lost 9-5 at Dade County.
Rome falls to Kell, 2-0.
Rome Braves top Greenville with 10-6 victory on Friday. Game release from Greenville: One big inning doomed the Greenville Drive on Friday night at Fluor Field, as the Rome Braves used a six-run sixth inning to come away with a 10-6 victory in game two of the four-game series. The first six batters in the sixth reached base for the Braves (5-4). A Drive (3-6) error began the frame, and that was followed by five consecutive hits, only two of which left the infield. Garrison Schwartz lined an RBI single to right to score the first run, and Isranel Wilson followed with a bunt single for another run. Two batters later, Drew Waters smacked a two-run double that chased Hunter Haworth (0-1) from the game. Jefrey Ramos added a two-run single in the inning to cap Rome’s scoring. The Braves offense got going early as well. Waters began the evening with a triple off the wall in center field, and he scored on a groundout by Riley Delgado. They scored twice in the second on Schwartz’s RBI double and another RBI hit from Waters to go up 3-0. The Drive began trading runs with Rome in the bottom of the second. Everlouis Lozada began the inning with a single to right, and he came in when Juan Barriento grounded an RBI hit to right in his first at-bat with the club.Kurt Hoekstra added a run for the Braves with a solo homer over the Green Monster in the top of the third. Two more runs came home for Greenville in the bottom of the third as Rome starter Huascar Ynoafought his control. Michael Osinski drew a bases loaded walk in the frame, and Marino Campana was hit by a pitch to plate another run. Kervin Suarez was responsible for tying the game at four in the fourth. He drew a leadoff walk, swiped second, moved to third on a groundout and came in to score when a wild pitch bounced just a few feet away from home plate. Following Rome’s big inning, the Drive scored twice more in the seventh on an RBI groundout by Campana and another RBI single by Barriento. Drew Harrington (1-0) got the win with three and one-third innings of relief for Rome. The Drive received three strong innings of work from Angel Padron out of the bullpen, as the southpaw allowed just one hit with four strikeouts. Barriento went 2-4 with two RBI in his Greenville debut, and Pedro Castellanos went 2-5 with a pair of runs. Waters paced the Rome offense with three hits and three RBI, while Schwartz and Jean Carlos Encarnacion added two hits each.
Next up: At Greenville tonight-Sunday followed by Asheville Monday-Wednesday. Rome on the road now through April 19.
Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery for the 2018 season and before.
HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS
First round state tennis matchups next week:
Class 5A: Rome at Flowery Branch, Clarke Central at Woodland
Class 4A: Cedartown at Gilmer, Northwest Whitfield at Cartersville
Class 3A: Stone Mountain at Calhoun
Class 2A: Social Circle at Model, Coosa at Elbert County, Monticello at Rockmart, Armuchee at Banks County
Class 5A: Rome at Flowery Branch, Woodland at Buford
Class 4A: Pickens at Cartersville, Cedartown at Heritage-Catoosa
Class 3A: Stone Mountain at Calhoun
Class 2A: Rabun County at Rockmart, Pepperell at Banks County, Monticello at Armuchee, Model at Elbert County
Because of an incoming weather threat, the Berry College baseball and softball teams have adjusted game times for their road contests this weekend.
- Softball sweeps Friday’s doubleheader at Centre, 8-0 and 15-0. Saturday’s game time moved to 8 a.m. at Centre.
- Baseball will play a doubleheader set to begin on Saturday at 1 p.m. Friday update: The Berry College baseball team set a single-game program record with five home runs, and Tyler Calvert set a single-game program record after adding two homers himself, as the Vikings secured at least the No. 2 seed in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) after defeating Sewanee 21-6 on Friday afternoon.
The Rome-Floyd YMCA Arsenal Soccer Club is hosting a blood drive in honor of Jamie Hughes on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Grizzard Park. Jamie is a young man whose passion is soccer and has played with YMCA Arsenal since U6. Jamie has battled on the field of play and now faces a battle off of it, and in Rome & Floyd County “No One Fights Alone.” Schedule your blood donation here or text BAGIVE to 444999. Donors must be 18 years old (16 & 17 years with parental consent), weigh at least 110 lbs. and be in overall general good health. All donors will receive a complimentary T-shirt, snacks and be entered to win four free tickets to the Rome Braves on Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. For more info on blood donation visit www.bloodassurance.org
The Atlanta Falcons organization is hosting a free youth football clinic April 24 at Barron Stadium. It is for boys and girls ages 8-14. It is billed as an “opportunity for all of Rome’s youth to attend a free football camp with former players of the Atlanta Falcons.”
The Wolf Nation 5K and 1-mile Wolf Cub Run returns Saturday, April 21 at Rome High School. The annual event supports the RHS Cross Country team.The race starts at the bus ramp, goes around the middle school, then around the high school, then it heads to Wolf Drive and back. After going around the high school, it ends in the bus ramp. To increase participation among elementary schools, $300 will be given to the elementary school with the highest number of participants. Cost is $25 for the 5K and $10 for the 1-mile run. Register
Darlington will again host the annual Tri for the Kids Youth Triathlon to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia on Sunday, April 22, at 9 a.m. Now in its 10th year, the USA Triathlon-sanctioned event is sponsored by R.A.C.E. Rome. Over the past nine years, Tri for the Kids has raised $138,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs. Last year, more than 160 athletes participated in the triathlon. Tri for the Kids is open to participants age 6-15. Ages 6-9 will compete in a 50-yard swim inside Darlington’s A.J. Huffman (’67) Memorial Athletic Center, a 2.3-mile bike ride on a closed portion of Cave Spring Road, and a half-mile run on the school’s campus. Participants age 10-15 will complete a 100-yard swim, 4.6-mile bike ride and 1-mile run. The triathlon is organized into three divisions. The elite division exists for athletes who compete often and want to take their competition to the next level. The beginner division is ideal for first-time triathletes or for those who want a more relaxed pace. A challenger division is also available for those with impaired physical mobility; race volunteers will be present along the course to assist athletes throughout the duration of the event.
- Race registration for Tri for the Kids is $40 until April 10, and $45 until April 18. All participants must be registered by April 18 at 10 p.m. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia.
- Registration is available online at www.imathlete.com. For more information about the triathlon, please contact Beth Smith.